What does underline mean?

Definitions for underlineˈʌn dərˌlaɪn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word underline.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. underscore, underline(verb)

    a line drawn underneath (especially under written matter)

  2. underscore, underline, emphasize, emphasise(verb)

    give extra weight to (a communication)

    "Her gesture emphasized her words"

  3. underline, underscore(verb)

    draw a line or lines underneath to call attention to


  1. underline(Noun)

    A line placed underneath a piece of text in order to provide emphasis or to indicate that it should be viewed in italics or that it acts as a hyperlink

  2. underline(Noun)

    An character

  3. underline(Verb)

    To draw a line underneath something, especially to add emphasis; to underscore

  4. underline(Verb)

    To emphasise or stress something

  5. underline(Verb)

    To influence secretly.

    By mere chance in appearance, though underlined with a providence, they had a full light of the infanta. uE000100723uE001 Sir H. Wotton.

  6. underline(Adjective)

    Passing under a railway line.

  7. Origin: under + line

Webster Dictionary

  1. Underline(verb)

    to mark a line below, as words; to underscore

  2. Underline(verb)

    to influence secretly


  1. Underline

    An underline, also called an underscore, is one or more horizontal lines immediately below a portion of writing. Single, and occasionally double, underlining was originally used in hand-written or typewritten documents to emphasise text. In a manuscript to be typeset, various forms of underlining were conventionally used to indicate that text should be set in a special typeface such as italics to show emphasis, part of a procedure known as markup. With the advent of word processing, different typefaces can be used in the manuscript directly, so that underlining is no longer needed for markup; but underlining is sometimes used in documents in its own right. Underlines are sometimes used as a diacritic, to indicate that a letter has a different pronunciation to its non-underlined form.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Underline

    un-dėr-līn′, v.t. to draw a line under or below, as a word.—n. Un′derline, an announcement of a theatrical performance to follow placed in an advertisement of the present one.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'underline' in Verbs Frequency: #954


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of underline in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of underline in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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